The Sharcallers of Kontu

A performance of the kris dance, a Balinese ceremonial dance drama in which the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon—the death-dealing and the life-protecting—as it is given in the village of Pagoetan from 1937-39. The dancers go into violent trance seizures and turn their kris (dagger) against their breats without injury. Consciousness is restored with incense and holy water. Balinese music forms a background for Dr. Margaret Mead’s narration.

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54 minutes


16mm, Color


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Dennis O’Rourtke

Dennis O'Rourke is internationally recognized as one of the most exciting and perceptive filmmakers about tensions between European and traditional cultures.

His films chronicle the Pacific peoples' rearguard fight against the colonizers-economic, religious and military. O'Rourke's filmmaking is enlightened by an awareness of “cinema verité” while he also cites as his heroes fiction filmmakers, specifically Bresson and Ozu. His works have received wide recognition, with retrospective screenings at many prominent venues in the world.
Cunnamulla (2000)、The Pagode da Tia Beth (1993)、The Good Woman of Bangkok (1991)、Cannibal Tours (1988)、Half Life: A Parable For the Nuclear Age (1985)、Couldn't Be Fairer (1984)、The Sharkcallers of Kontu (1982)、Yap…How Did You Know We'd Like TV? (1980)、Ileksen (1979)、Yumi Yet (1976)